Prep roundup: Oxford boys golfers fire season-best score
by Star staff
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Oxford’s boys golf team fired a season-best 3-under 141 to beat four other schools at Twin Bridges Golf Club on Thursday. Chandler Allen, Noah Huckeba and Tyler Putnam each finished with a 1-under 35. Joey Salonia had an even-part 36. Glencoe finished second at 150, followed by Gadsden City (165), Susan Moore (168) and Hokes Bluff (192). Oxford will play again Tuesday in the Class 6A, Section 2 tournament at Twin Bridges. Donoho boys 164, Alexandria 192: Robert Clausen shot a 40 to pace Donoho at Anniston Country Club. Alexandria girls 126, Donoho 157: Anna Marie Woodfin led Donoho with a 51. Softball Cleburne County 9, Munford 5: Toni Epps went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs as Cleburne County improved to 7-0 in Class 4A, Area 10 play. Alisa Norton was 3-for-5 with two runs. Kiara Akles walked twice and singled twice. Kaity Zeiders was 2-for-5, while Chelsea Parker doubled. Bailey Beam and Shay Henson each went 2-for-4. Akles pitched all seven innings for the win, striking out 10. Cleburne County will play at Lincoln today. White Plains 10, Pleasant Valley 4: Carley Wood went 4-for-5, doubled once and drove in three runs to pace White Plains. Sophia Taylor was 3-for-5, and Morgan Cobb went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Anna Snider drove in two runs in a 3-for-4 night. Amber Greenwood was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Shelby Wood was 2-for-3. Greenwood got the pitching win, working five innings and striking out four for White Plains (31-5), which is slated to host Handley today at 4 p.m. Class 4A Handley handed 3A White Plains one of its losses this season. For Pleasant Valley, Kara Perry homered and doubled, and Atleigh Brannon singled twice. Faith Christian 18, Victory Christian 8: The Lady Lions ended their regular season on a high note by earning their 12th win. Presley Whitten earned the win in the pitcher’s circle. She struck out four batters in her 3 1/3 innings of work. Kristin Covington pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. Peyton Camp and Madelyn Adams led with three hits apiece. Whitten, Jasmyne Groce and Andrea Davis each managed two hits. Covington and Kirstyn Cotton each finished with a hit. Faith Christian (12-16) will play in the Class 1A, Area 8 tournament at Ragland against Jacksonville Christian on Thursday.
Wellborn's Brooke Angle pitched a two-hitter. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Wellborn's Brooke Angle pitched a two-hitter. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Prep softball: Angle's 'Senior Night' performance helps lift Wellborn over Weaver
by Chris Brown
Special to The Star
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Wellborn's Brooke Angle pitched a two-hitter. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Wellborn's Brooke Angle pitched a two-hitter. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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WELLBORN — The last regular-season home game in any sport at most schools is set aside as “Senior Night,” and it gives all senior athletes one last opportunity to play in front of their home fans. Thursday night was the last chance the two seniors on the Walter Wellborn softball team — Brooke Angle and Tymeria Mackey — to play in front of the friends and family. The Panthers helped the seniors go out with a bang, as they defeated Weaver 11-1 in five innings. Mackey finished with a walk and a run. Angle was 2-for-3, and in the pitcher’s circle, she worked all five innings, giving up two hits, striking out four and allowing three walks. “I think my performance tonight was better than most games I’ve pitched this season,” Angle said. “On nights like this, I’m not really pumped or ready to go, but I think I did well tonight.” Wellborn didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard, as Carlee Mullinax hit a two-run home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the first inning. Angle followed with a single to left field, and she scored on a Sam Coley triple. Coley scored later in the inning on a pass ball. That gave Wellborn a 4-0 lead after one inning, and the Panthers never looked back. “Our focus this past week has been trying to generate runs, being patient, using our abilities, seeing each pitch, and taking quality swings,” Walter Wellborn head coach Brenda Vinson said. “When you have the opportunity to bat with runners on base, it’s not about me as an individual and what I want to do, it’s about what needs to be done to help my team score.” Meanwhile, Angle did the job in the pitcher’s circle. She set down seven straight batters in the middle innings, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. “I pay no attention to all that,” Angle said. “I just like to pitch.” With one runner on base, Skylar Watson got the first hit off Angle when she hit a bloop single into right field with two outs. Lauren Reed followed with a swinging-bunt single, and a throwing error allowed Hailee Wine to score from third base. At the plate, the Panthers collected nine hits and earned eight walks before ending the game on the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning. “The fact everyone was hitting created a spark in us,” Angle said. “We have the type of bond when one of us hits, we all hit, but if one of us doesn’t hit, we don’t hit.” Taylor Houck had one hit, two RBIs and three runs scored. Lauren Carroll had one hit, while Raegan Nunez hit a two-run double which landed at the base of the left-center field fence. In addition to her first-inning single, Angle hit another single in the fourth inning. Mullinax also added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Paige Haney finished with a single and run scored. Laurel Hambric was on base all three at-bats (two walks and a single), and scored three runs. Wellborn will head to Glencoe to play in a weekend tournament, before traveling to Pleasant Valley on Monday to face Ohatchee in the Class 2A, Area 12 tournament. “I hope we can keep this intensity up,” Vinson said. “I also hope we can continue to hit well.” Weaver also will play Monday. The Bearcats will travel to regular-season Class 3A, Area 8 champion White Plains for the start of the area tournament.
An Auburn cheerleader does a backflip after a Blue team touchdown at the Tigers' A-Day Game. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
An Auburn cheerleader does a backflip after a Blue team touchdown at the Tigers' A-Day Game. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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Alabama gymnastics: Jacob wins Honda Award as nation's top collegiate gymnast
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama's Kim Jacob competes in the floor exercise during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Friday in Birmingham (Butch Dill/Associated Press)
Alabama's Kim Jacob competes in the floor exercise during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Friday in Birmingham (Butch Dill/Associated Press)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama senior Kim Jacob is the Honda Sports Award winner for gymnastics. The Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced Thursday the Crimson Tide senior as the winner of the Honda Award, which goes to “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” It is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. With this award, Jacob becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2014 Honda Cup. “It was a huge honor just to be considered for this prestigious award,” Jacob said in a news release. “I remember when my teammate Kayla Hoffman earned The Honda Award during my freshman year and thinking at the time what an amazing honor it was for her. "I never would have dreamed that this award would come my way. I am beyond honored and proud, and I can’t thank all those who have helped along during my journey to this point in my life enough. I am extremely humbled and blessed.” Jacob won the all-around title at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships this month. An 11-time NCAA All-American, she competed in 11 of 12 events at the national championships, the most of any gymnast in the meet. She earned four first-team All-America honors in 2014, the most in the nation. Only two gymnasts have gone on to win the Honda Cup, Courtney Kupets (University of Georgia) in 2009 and Missy Marlowe (University of Utah) in 1992.
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